November 30, 2012
Truckers and truck stop operators have a unique vantage point to see and combat sex trafficking, and NATSO, a group which represents truck stop and travel plaza owners, is joining Truckers Against Trafficking, the American Trucking Associations and other organizations to do something about it.
“A lot of our members are already engaged with Truckers Against Trafficking,” NATSO CEO Lisa Mullings told CEO Update. “More than half of our locations’ managers have been trained in how to spot signs of human trafficking and what to do if they witness it.”
Many victims are minors and U.S. citizens, who are prostituted against their will on the streets, at truck stops and at motels, and are moved frequently.
“It’s hard to believe that modern-day slavery exists in this country,” said Mullings. “It’s important that our members are aware of it and want to do something about it.”
The $2 million-revenue NATSO represents 1,200 truck stops and travel plazas nationwide, according to the group.